The Give Back Challenge is back for 2018-19!
What is the Give Back Challenge?
The Give Back Challenge started several years ago, a KVMHA coach had a neighbor who had cancer and needed help with lawn work in the fall. The team came out and helped this neighbor with his yard work. The results were a yard that was ready for winter and a team that felt good about helping someone.
This coach saw the benefits to his neighbor and his team from completing this project and so a good deed became part of the season for his teams. Along comes social media and we were able to easily communicate to our teams about this great idea and the Give Back Challenge was born.
KVMHA has approximately 65 teams each year, that's a lot of hockey teams! Local communities have been very supportive of our teams by participating in fundraisers, attending games etc. So the Give Back Challenge is a way for teams to say thank you. Minor hockey associations rely so much on volunteers, we at KVMHA feel its important to instill a sense of community mindedness in our players and the importance of volunteering and this is a fun way to do it.
No project is too big or small, teams from IP to Midget can participate. Its totally up to the team if they choose to participate. It's pretty amazing to see how kids playing hockey coming together and helping out. We have helped many people and organizations. We post information on what teams do to celebrate these good deeds and to spread the word and inspire others to join in!
Two years ago we have over 20 teams participate. Last year we banded together as a group and put on a benefit game for one of our own players and this year seems to be the year of challenging other association teams to join us. If you do a Give Back Challenge...no matter what NB minor hockey association you are in, let us know and we will post your story. Send it to email@example.com
Give Back Challenges 2018-19
Atom A Sabres and the Saint John A Flames raised $ 2100 to fight cancer!
Peewee Kobras host a Hockey Fights Cancer Game
The Peewee Kobras are at it again...they hosted a hockey game to fight cancer. They collected donations, sold raffle tickets and donated their 50/50 profits to raise funds for this devastating disease.
Peewee C Capitals - Serious Cereal
The Peewee Capitals completed a cereal drive and collected 500 boxes of cereal to assist the Peewee C Devils with their kids helping kids project. Woohoo!
Bantam C Devils - Romero House Warm UP
The Bantam C Devils collected coats, hats and mittens for Romero House and spent a morning volunteering. They helped prepare a meal and sorted food from the Romero House food drive.
Peewee AA Sabres - Kingsway Cup
The Peewee AA Sabres brought the game of hockey to Kingsway Care Centre. The boys brought sticks and nets and they played hockey with the residents. In addition to hockey, they visited with residents in their rooms and shared some treats with them as well. They are now collecting hockey sticks that too small etc. to give to Kingsway to the residents can play hockey on a regular basis. If you have sticks you can donate please let them know!
The Novice Kobras treated kids from the South End to an evening of pizza, skating and christmas lights!
Peewee A Kobras - Hospital Christmas
The Peewee C Kobras collected personal items for a group of patients at the Saint John Regional Hospital who have little to no family to be with them at Christmas. The team packaged these items up in a festive package complete with a homemade Christmas ornament.
Lancaster Bantam A Thunder - Joshua Group Donations and Ball Hockey
Lancaster Bantam A Thunder donated toys and other items to the Joshua Group. They played ball hockey with the kids too. Check out this fantastic picture!
Lancaster Peewee AA Thunder - December 4 Food Drive for the West Side Food Bank
Lancaster Peewee AA Thunder are organizing a Food Drive for the West Side Food Bank on Tuesday night. They are putting a call out to all teams playing Lancaster teams that night to bring a donation. Check out this ad....and clean out your cupboards.
Peewee C Devils - Project Lunchbox
Princess Elizabeth School has many children who come to school without enough to eat during the school day. The Devils created a you tube video talking about this and are collecting school snacks - granola bars, apple sauce etc., for this school so that kids can focus on learning. They put the challenge out to other teams to join in. The EDZA Bantam Sharks, Midget Vitos, Peewee Canadians, Captials as well as the Atom A Vipers, Atom A Kobras and Peewee AA Vipers joined them and also collected donations. In all over $3700 was raised and over 1000 boxes of cereal and snacks collected.
Atom A Sabres - Romero House Ritchies Food Drive
The Atom A Sabres collected a truckload of food for the Ritchies Romero House Food Drive. They had a blast and have decided to take on another challenge.
Bantam A Kobras - Food Drive
The Bantam A Kobras collected items for the local food bank.